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Stab II.JG 52

Combat Report

Date of Report ..................................................................................................................................................................... (1.) ................................................

30/09/1943

Staffel ......................................................................................................................................................................................... (2.) ................................................

Stab II.JG 52

Pilot Name ................................................................................................................................................................................. (3.) ...............................................

Gunter Biertrinker

Status of Pilot .................................................................................................................................................................... (4.) ................................................

OK

Status of Aircraft ........................................................................................................................................................... (5.) ................................................

DESTROYED

General Report ..................................................................................................................................................................... (6.)

Bomber intercept over friendly ships south of the peninsula.

6th staf. spotted flight of 6 A20's escorted by around 4 or 5 fighters on top cover. We climbed above and engaged. Spotted several victories, but unfortunately we lost Yellow 1 to an LA5 from behind.

yellow 3, yellow 10 and I mopped up the remaining fighters, claiming 2 myself (confirmed by 3) and chased the A20's inland. During the attack on the A20's I lost visual of 3 and presumed lost/MIA. Destroyed 1 A20 confirmed by 10. I took a piece of debris to the right wing, which took off my right flap and sent a HUGE crack 3/4 of the way down the wing from trailing edge to leading edge. Critical damage but the plane was still barely flying.

I dare not land with that level of damage so I limped slowly to the air field and bailed out over a field about 1km away and let the plane crash into the ground.

Picked up by friendly truck on patrol. Seems of the entire flight, only Yellow 10 and I made it back to base, with 10 being the only one who ACTUALLY landed. Pour one out for the homies.

Claims ............................................................................................................................................................................................ (7.)

Number of Air Claims ..................................................................................................................................................... (8.) ................................................

3

Type of Aircraft ................................................................................................................................................................ (9.) ................................................

2x LA5, 1x A20

Number of Ground Claims ......................................................................................................................................... (10.) ................................................

0

Type of Ground Targets ............................................................................................................................................ (11.) ................................................

0

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Gunter Biertrinker

30/09/1943

Report Approved